Brooklyn, New York City

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vegan-friendly Japanese

This Japanese tapas bar unites the sensibilities of two capitals of hipness—Tokyo and Williamsburg. It has a warm, clean decor of square wood panels and paper lanterns, plus the cute touch of dolls spinning on turntables in the windows. Tricked-out jazz, pop and electronica play most nights, while DJs spin on weekends.

Note that this is NOT a sushi restaurant, rather, the menu includes a range of $3 and $4 Japanese home cooking-style dishes, all presented in artful ceramics. Some items are marked as being "good for vegetarians and vegan", while you'll have to ask about others. The kimchee tofu and the tofu hamburg are vegan, but beware of the miso soup, which is made with fish stock.

Added by Cass Danger on Apr 6 09 (last updated Apr 6 09)

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I sort of stumbled on this place, and when I saw the $3.50 lunch special that was "good for vegetarians and vegans", I HAD to go in. I ordered the tofu hamburg, which comes with salad, white rice and beans, which I thought would be pretty plain and small, given the price, but I really enjoyed it. I think the beans and rice were cooked together, so the otherwise plain white rice had some flavor to it. The tofu hamburg itself (which is apparently Japanese meatloaf) tasted like a mixture of tofu scramble and egg foo young.

I also ordered the kimchee tofu for $4.50 and was really excited about it, as I love kimchee and I love tofu, but I didn't really like this. I was thinking the tofu would be baked, marinated, or somehow prepared, but it was actually a big block of plain, uncooked, silken tofu with kimchee on top. I took it home with me, spiced it up, and scrambled it with some noodles and it was much better.

I really was hoping for some miso soup but was sad to learn they use fish stock. I told the waitress that I'm vegan and she didn't seem to think fish was a big deal ('it's not meat, just fish', which was a very traditional Japanese response), but she was cool about telling me which items did and didn't contain fish and how she could adjust items to make them veg.

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L train to Bedford


No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive

Cash Only


  • Japanese


  • Live Music
  • Wi-Fi


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